Sterile Services, Liverpool

It’s cutting edge. It’s going to be a beacon, not just for Merseyside but the whole country. I know that colleagues throughout the NHS are coming here to see what good looks like.

Mike Lane | Operations Director, Willmott Dixon

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Creation of a new Sterile Services Centre.


The former Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) at Broadgreen Hospital was in a dated 1970s building and was no longer fit for purpose.

It was housed in a basement with no natural light and in need of modernised equipment. The building itself had been extended and added to over the years it had been used and the result was a facility that was challenging to operate effectively.


The client required the creation of a brand new Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) on the existing Broadgreen Hospital site.

The new purpose built and designed CSSD is a real change for sterile services at the Trust as its development has enabled the Trust to maintain its sterile services in-house, rather than outsourcing.

The new facility is a two-storey building with a ground floor area of 1,200m², its own dedicated 220m² plant room on the first floor and additional external engineering on the extended rooftop.

Whilst ensuring user needs are met, the design of the new CSSD also sought to reduce unnecessary movements and manual handling, produce cost savings and operational efficiencies.


The new facility was handed over on schedule on December 21, 2018. It was originally expected to be fully operational from February 2019, but this was accelerated to the first week in January as a priority to replace the other unit.

It is bright and airy, with a modern plant room that has enabled the hospital to meet and exceed relevant compliance standards. Manual handling has also been reduced by 80% and the facility includes pleasant and comfortable rest and changing areas for staff, with natural daylight for an improved working environment.

The new CSSD employs some of the latest technology available. All equipment is managed and monitored digitally and the building management system links with estates maintenance to issue an alert when anything is reaching the end of its life or requires attention. Every item is tracked and traceable via a barcode.

Already the new new facility has hosted visits from other Trusts looking at replicating elements of the design of this unit and workshops with interested parties have been held.

You have delivered a fantastic facility.

Aidan Kehoe
Trust Chief Executive

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